Última Fiesta: A Celebration of Afro-Cuban Music
Join us for a celebration of Afro-Cuban music, with live music and DJ sets from some of the most exciting artists on the scene.
Grupo Lokito (2pm - 3pm)
Grupo Lokito create a modern-day cocktail of two of the great world musics; fusing blistering contemporary Congolese grooves with the fire of Cuban music. The results have audiences dancing in a haze of energy. Since their formation in 2006 the band have gone from strength to strength, completing several UK tours and building a solid following.
Colectivo Futuro (3pm - 4pm)
Miguel Colmenares is a DJ and founder/director of Colectivo Futuro, a cultural node where art forms and people converge. Colectivo Futuro are committed to showcasing and collaborating with individuals and collectives that carry a passionate approach and a common aesthetic. They aim to bring exposure to the work of creatives from all parts, whether visual or audible, who are devoted to innovating their medium, or bringing a new light on the traditional.
Hammadi Valdes presents ARIWO (4pm - 5pm)
A dynamic percussionist, musical director and teacher, Hammadi has worked closely with legendary dancer, Carlos Acosta, for over a decade, and been involved in the production of seminal albums like “Irakere 30 años", and Chucho Valdés’ “New Conceptions”, which was awarded a Latin Grammy. Hammadi will be performing with a 5 piece band plus a guest dancer.
Colectivo Futuro (5pm - 6pm) (Clore Ballroom)
Última Fiesta: Dance Workshop (5pm - 6pm) (L5 Function Room)
Join us for an energising and exciting introduction to salsa dancing from The Cubaneando. Cubaneando has been one of London’s leading promoters of authentic Cuban Salsa since 2004. Cubaneando! is part of Oi Brasil! often cited as the UK's finest Latin entertainment group and renowned for being the only company in the UK specialised in authentic Brazilian & Cuban entertainment. The workshop is free and will take place in the Level 5 Function room, operating on a first-come first-served basis. Click here for more information.
Eliane Correa + La Evolucion Orchestra (6pm - 7pm)
Eliane Correa & La Evolución is a fresh, high-energy 10-piece Cuban timba fusion orchestra consisting of some of the top Cuban and Latin musicians in the UK and Europe, led by Latina powerhouse pianist and composer Eliane Correa. La Evolución started out inspired by the modern Havana sound of large-format Timba (“Cuban salsa”) orchestras and soon found its own London-infused voice, featuring electric guitars and synths over powerful, distinctively Cuban grooves.